It’s vital to remove guilt from your mind if living a life of abundance is important to you.
When you allow yourself to be held down by this negative emotion, it’s hard to feel and act in a free and joyous manner.
Guilt is heavy… it does hold you down…
...it’s almost as if someone or something is pushing down on your soul, not allowing it to breathe.
It creates a life where the child in you is gone. Instead of feeling an anticipation toward life, you feel dread. The memories causing this feeling haunt you day in and day out.
The fact that guilt results from memories is precisely why you must remove it from your mind.
And isn’t it all in your mind? Don’t all these feelings arise from memories of something you did or didn’t do at some point in your past?
Guilt is another example of living in the past.
Rather than cherishing each moment of life, you’re allowing your mind to haunt you with regret and fear.
It’s impossible to feel inside each present moment when you’re focused on the past.
It’s impossible to lead a life of abundance when you’re beating yourself up inside all day long.
Therefore, it’s time for you to deal with this issue in a healthy and positive manner.
All I’m able to offer up to you is what helps me. Remember, I’m just a person like you. I’m not special just because I decided to throw my feelings up on the Internet ;-)
I struggle with feelings of guilt just like you do. I have, however, worked on how to deal with it, so here’s what works in my personal experience…
The first step when trying to remove guilt from your consciousness is acceptance.
The reason you’re so tortured by guilt is that you’re fighting with your ego (that part of you trying to keep you from reaching your spiritual wellness).
Your ego wants you to feel terrible but it doesn’t want you to face the problem. It wants you to keep resisting. By resisting, you never focus on a solution… you focus entirely on being miserable.
Through acceptance, you acknowledge the pain. As you allow the pain to be felt, you begin to disassociate from it, become detached from it. As you do this, you begin to understand that you are not the pain.
That’s important to know, don’t you think? ;-)
Once again, you are not the pain.
If you can come to this point, you can now remove guilt.
If you’d like more instruction on this idea of acceptance and healthy detachment, I recommend you read a Wayne Dyer book, such as The Power of Intention.
Once you accept the pain and detach from it, realizing you’re separate from the pain, you can now purge guilt in a healthy manner.
Sometimes, this act of acceptance alone will be all I need to release the guilt and let go. I pray and meditate on the issue and tell God that the guilt is all his now… I no longer have a need for it… it’s his to take care of now.
Other times, I find that I must go back to the person I’m feeling guilty about hurting in some way and make amends.
I understand that what I’ve laid out here isn’t easy to do. It’s a simple idea but it takes focus, determination, effort, and the patience to begin understanding yourself in a deeper manner than you may be used to.
If you begin to learn this concept of acceptance, though, not only will you become successful when attempting to remove guilt, but also in liberating yourself from all your negative emotions.
It is possible to lead a happy, abundant, and joyous life. Focus on that idea and it’ll become your reality.
"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."
- Thich Nhat Hanh